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The Boatyard Grill


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Add Chicken* $3, Add Shrimp* $5
Bowl $5.95
Clam Chowder
Five Onion Soup
Thai Noodle Salad
Marinated sliced sirloin, mango, fresh vegetables & herbs, arugula, chilled rice noodles, coconut, peanuts, Thai dressing
Roasted Beet
Spiced cabernet glaze, Lively Run goat cheese, mixed greens, sunflower seeds
Mixed greens, roasted corn, tomato, avocado, blue cheese, egg, bacon, tarragon vinaigrette
Cayuga Crunch
Color crunch kale, toasted pecans, sunflower kernels, strawberries, blueberries, green onion-cider vinaigrette
Toasted croutons, shredded Parmesan
Iceberg Wedge
Crispy bacon, creamy blue cheese dressing
Mixed Greens
All Handhelds Served with Seasoned Fries or Mixed Greens. Sweet Potato Fries $1, Gluten Free Bun $2
Swordfish Tacos*
Ancho-citrus slaw, pico de gallo, avocado cream
Lobster & Shrimp Sliders
Lightly dressed lobster & shrimp, griddled roll
NY sharp cheddar, bacon, frizzled onions, Creole ketchup
Cuban Burger*
Sliced ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickle, roasted garlic Dijon aioli, pressed brioche roll
The "Mac & Cheese" Burger*
Bacon, crispy mac & cheese, caramelized onion, BYG burger sauce, lettuce, tomato
NY Cheddar Burger*
Vine-ripened tomato, shredded lettuce, red onion
Ithaca Burger*
Black bean burger, mixed greens, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli
Avocado & Cucumber $8.95
Teriyaki Salmon $9.95
Spicy Tuna $10.95
Sizzlin' Sweet Potato Fries
Waffle sweet potato fries, Brie cheese, candied bacon, green onion, smoked Gouda cheese sauce
Seafood Splash down Tower
Shrimp cocktail, steamed clams, fried calamari
Crab Arancini
Maryland crab & Gouda risotto fritters, roasted corn aioli
Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls
Anchor Bar sauce, cheddar, jack cheese
Spinach & Artichoke Fondue
Served with corn tortilla chips
Hummus & Grilled Pita
Peppadews, toasted pecans, kalamata olives
Coconut Shrimp
Sweet chili-lime glaze, fresh cilantro
Fried Fresh Calamari
Arrabiata, chipotle aioli, fresh lemon
Mahi Mahi
Black Cod
Avocado Pico
Cilantro-cucumber pico de gallo, fresh avocado, black beans & rice
Pan Asian
Mushroom ginger broth, sesame-roasted mushrooms & peppers, spinach, sticky rice
Mango Salsa
Sweet potato mash, black beans
Andouille red beans & rice
Go Naked
Olive oil, lemon, fresh herbs, rice, fresh vegetable
Steak Santino*
Sliced steak, mushrooms, bleu cheese, blistered tomato, asparagus, grilled onion
Seafood Fra Diavolo
Jumbo shrimp, chopped clams, half lobster tail, spicy arrabiata, toasted capers, linguine
Lobster Lollipops*
Twin shrimp & lobster skewers, fresh vegetable, rice
Wood-Fired Chicken Pasta*
Cavatappi pasta, smoked Gouda, spinach, broccoli, onions, peppers, tomatoes
Georgia Peach Grilled Chicken*
Sweet potato mash, peach chutney, fresh vegetable
Scallop Stuffed Shrimp
Gulf shrimp, white wine sauce, bay scallop cornbread stuffing, grilled asparagus
Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Grits
Jumbo shrimp, cheese grits, crispy bacon, scallions
Surf & Turf*
Sirloin, wood-grilled lobster tail, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetable
Fresh Fish Fry
Seasoned fries, cole slaw, tartar
Eggplant Arrabiata
Panko crusted eggplant, arrabiata sauce, provolone, mozzarella, Parmesan, pasta
Flat Iron
NY Strip
All Steaks Served with Mashed Potatoes & Fresh Vegetable
Green Peppercorn
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Horseradish Cream
House-Made Worcestershire
Georgia Peach Chicken
Wood-Fired Chicken Pasta
Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Grits
Pan Asian Scallops
Maker's Mark Sirloin
Lobster Lollipop
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Naked Grilled Salmon
Parmesan Herb Steak Fries
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Baked Potato
Sautèed Mushrooms
At The Boatyard Grill you can enjoy delicous locally sourced steak and seafood while looking out over the breathtaking waterfront view. All of our food comes in fresh everyday, you won't find a better dining experience in the town. We are happy to host large groups and private events. If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, family gathering, cocktail party, class reunion or a casual BBQ or Clambake, look no further! We will make your special event a waterfront event to remember! Our experienced management team will make planning your event virtually effortless. We have a variety of party offerings that can meet every budget and catering need. Choose from our Waterfront Parties,
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Bar, Seafood
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 5 days ago

WOW.....we visit Ithaca quite often and The Boatyard Grill has always been great. We had friends with us this time, and I recommended the restaurant. We figured it was off season, a Sunday night, and expected fabulous service and a wonderful meal. WRONG! Our server...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank peggywestshokan
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Especially after so many great visits, Peggy, I'm sorry to see this past visit didn't live up to your expectation. We should never serve anything but a warm meal and well-prepped sauce. I hope your previously good experiences are enough to bring you back for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and were spending a day in Ithaca and have been to the Boatyard before for dinners. We stopped by for a Saturday lunch. There was a short wait for a table even though a large portion of the dining area was not being...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank David D
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Especially since previous meals have hit the spot, David, I'm disappointed to see you weren't impressed by the crab cake sliders. Did you happen to mention anything to your server? We always welcome the chance to share feedback so we can correct any issues on...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated right on the lake and a wonderful view. Very pretty all year round. No reservations accepted with can lead to a wait so don't be in a hurry. Recommend the Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls as a starter. Fish has been a hit-and-miss but had...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Happy to hear you have your favorites with us! I'm also glad you enjoy the view year round. We can't wait to welcome you back here next time the Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls craving hits. We are also sorry about your disappointment with the fish...More

Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Being the only place on the water front makes this an attractive venue, especially for large groups. The fish is usually very fresh, but preparation quality is variable. The cocktails are always bad, and the service is mediocre at best. Improve the staff and the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Paula C
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2019

While I'm glad the waterfront location and fresh fish is spot on for you, Paula, I'm disappointed to hear our bar menu and service don't impress as much. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there are any specifics you'd like to share. Our email...More

Reviewed January 6, 2019

This has to be at one of the best spots in Ithaca with a wonderful view of the lake. The food and service was exceptional. One a snowy winter day, it was nice and toasty by the fire with a very attentive staff serving delicious...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank KER14886
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2019

Happy to hear you enjoyed a cozy meal by the fire served by our team! Head back our way next time you want to enjoy dinner with a view. Thank you, The BoatYard Grill Manager

Reviewed January 5, 2019

Friends recommended this place and we liked the menu. They do not take Reservations and we normally hate that but took our chances. We arrived early and were seated at a nice table. The food and service was good. We loved our Coconut Shrimp appetizer....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lisa W
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2019

Sounds like you have some good friends, Lisa! It was no problem getting you two seated quickly so you could enjoy many of our seafood options -- glad to know these were a hit. We hope to see you back here again. Till then, The...More

Reviewed January 1, 2019

Great view, but the food is not outstanding or special. The tables are fairly close together, so it's hard to move around easily. Much better to attend in summer when you can take a break and walk around along the water outside.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank NFLaw
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

While we're happy you enjoy the view and summertime dining, we're saddened our food and interior space hasn't impressed you as much. Are there certain items on the menu you haven't tried yet? Your server would be glad to work with you to find a...More

Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

Five of us went during that time appay slow holiday season. Cold fish tacos, very dark over-cooked coconut shrimp. "Roasted beet salad" that was a large plate of chopped greens with 3 pieces of beet. Arancini was insipid. All sauces were way too sweet. Wait...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2018

I'm happy to see our staff was pleasant and able to help you out! However, I see that some of our flavors weren't to your liking. We'd have loved the opportunity to remake a meal or suggest a new one entirely. Please reach out to...More

Reviewed November 27, 2018

Food: gross. Goes down memory lane as most disgusting meal tried. The lobster roll was plasticky and in a crumbling brioche. Fish tacos had rubbery fish and fake avocado guac clearly from a can. Did not pay tip (!) so had to run out. Service...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank DionysusNL
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2018

I apologize for your experience here. This is not what we are going for in any way. If you could reach out to the restaurant by email we would greatly appreciate the opportunity to get some more information from you about your visit. Our email...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

A fun dinner, great steak, great fish, super onion soup Attentive wait staff ample drinks Fun desert

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank nh7842
MarkM9794, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

From the dinner selections to the wait staff, it's wonderful to learn that you had so much fun here! We'll look forward to serving you again soon. Thanks, The BoatYard Grill Manager

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September 23, 2018|
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Response from Joellmk | Reviewed this property |
They do not have reservations but it is worth calling ahead to get on the preferred seating list, which will cut your wait time in half.
Roger H
August 27, 2018|
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Response from arnold t | Reviewed this property |
Boatyard will have to answer this question!
November 6, 2016|
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Response from TheBoatYardGrill | Property representative |
Donna, We are only about 10 minutes from SUNY Ithaca. Please let us know if you have anymore questions. We hope to see you then. Safe Travels! Maggie Boutell Manager Boatyard Grill
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